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Àine O'Dwyer: Gegenschein

Read "Gegenschein" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

By anyone's standards, Àine O'Dwyer is a hyper-accomplished musician and innovator. As a pre-teen in her native Ireland she had already taken on the piano, harp, fiddle and flute. Eventually focusing her attention on the harp and piano, she developed an unquenchable inquisitiveness about the pipe organ--not the most accessible of instruments. In acts of quiet defiance, she began dropping in--unannounced--at St. Mark's Church in London to practice on their organ. The result of her personal recordings is the cult ...

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Àine O'Dwyer: Gallarais

Read "Gallarais" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Places of worship are hardly new venues for jazz or other forms of non-sectarian music. As far back as 1927, Fats Waller had recorded two pipe organ solos in a church in Camden, New Jersey. Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd recorded Jazz Samba (Barclay-Verve, 1962) at the Washington, D.C. All Souls Church on the corner of 16th and Harvard streets. John Zorn stepped away from his alto saxophone for an entire series of “Hermetic Organ" recitals, recorded at St. Bartholomew's ...


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